Iosif Florin Moldovan
Faculty of Law, "Vasile Goldiş" Western University of Arad, Romania
The family is a biological reality entailed by the union between a man and a womanand by procreation; it is a social reality, given the community of life between the spouses,between parents and children and, generally, between the family members; last but not least,it is a legal reality, by way of the legal regulations regarding the family.In a narrow sense, the notion of the family includes the spouses and their minorchildren. In a broader sense, the notion of the family would mean the genealogical tree thatincludes the totality of the persons descended from a common author, to whom are added thespouses of those persons.A precise and rigorous definition of the notion of family is hindered by manydifficulties, simply because it is an object of research in various and numerous sciences,such as sociology, psychology, law, medicine, etc., each trying to capture its characteristicaspects from their particular angles. The motivation? The legislators themselves are notconsistent in establishing a legal definition of the family, providing this notion with an arrayof different meanings.In this paper, we will attempt to outline and account for these realities of the familyfrom a legal standpoint, as evinced by various statutory regulations in this field.
family, reality, spouses, sciences, children, persons, legislators